Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily is generally an insider site with news for industry professionals. Rarely do I find an item there which I feel compelled to pass on to my readers although it does happen on occasion. A lot of the information she posts is related to Hollywood, television, talent agencies, and unions (especially lately), but a post today titled Indie Filmmaking: 35 Tips From Experts naturally caught my eye.

The list was actually passed on to her by someone who had attended the recent "Produced By" Conference, which was an industry event with panels on all aspects of the business. The tips include items like, "Roger Corman, the quintessential indie producer (Death Race 2000, Grand Theft Auto, Rock N' Roll High School) sees the Internet as a 'ray of hope' for indie producers."

But also among the recommendations you'll find, "Change the title of your indie film to begin with an ?A? or a number to get higher placement on iTunes."

It's not all tongue-in-cheek, though. Most of the items are legitimate recommendations and worth taking a look at, for filmmakers themselves as well as fans of indies.


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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